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County Fair Announces 2016 Lineup

Brian Wilson, X Ambassadors and others take the stage at the fair this season

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It's no wonder the San Diego County Fair, which runs June 3-July 4, adopted a Mad About the Fair theme this year -- just a glance at its just-announced concert lineup is enough to drive anyone crazy.

Local alt-rockers Switchfoot kick off this year’s cast of entertainment on the Heineken Grandstand Stage on opening night, June 3. The packed lineup over the next month brings out big names across genres, with everything from throwbacks to indie to pop, country and regional, including Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), X Ambassadors, Kenny Rogers, Rachel Platten (of “Fight Song” fame), Espinoza Paz, Three Doors Down, Roberto Tapia and the 12th annual Gospel Festival featuring Shirley Caesar, to share just a few.

Meanwhile, the Paddock Series packs its own punch, with Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, MarchFourth!, Jonny Lang, the Bacon Brothers (yes, Kevin Bacon) and more making fairgoers mad about music.

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As always, all of the Paddock Series shows are free with fair admission, as are most at the Grandstand Stage, though there are a few that require an additional ticket for entrance (lookin’ at you, Lady Antebellum).

Check out the full fair lineup below, and visit the San Diego County Fair website for more information.

Toyota Summer Concert Series on the Heineken Grandstand Stage

  • June 3 - Switchfoot
  • June 5 - Lady Antebellum
  • June 8 - Rachel Platten
  • June 10 - Michael McDonald (formerly of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan)
  • June 12 - Espinoza Paz
  • June 15 - X Ambassadors
  • June 16 - Three Doors Down
  • June 19 - Roberto Tapia
  • June 22 - Kenny Rogers: The Gambler's Last Deal featuring Linda Davis Final World Tour
  • June 23 - Spirit West Coast featuring Newsboys, Hawk Nelson, Blanca, We Are Messengers, I Am They, Citizen Way
  • June 24 - The Jacksons
  • June 25 - 12th Annual Gospel Festival featuring Shirley Caesar
  • June 26 - Los Tigres del Norte
  • June 30 - Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) presents “Pet Sounds”: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary, with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin
  • July 3 - Calibre 50
  • July 4 - Sebastian Maniscalco with Navy Band Southwest

Ford Dealers Paddock Concert Series

  • June 9 - Los Lonely Boys
  • June 12 - MarchFourth!
  • June 15 - John Mayall
  • June 16 - Felix Cavaliere's Rascals
  • June 21 - Ozomatli
  • June 22 - The Bacon Brothers
  • June 25 - Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute
  • June 28 - Jonny Lang
  • June 30 - The Music of ABBA with Arrival From Sweden
  • July 3 - Steam Powered Giraffe 
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